Junior Season: Finished third on the team in total blocks (102) and in block average (0.88) • Finished fourth on the team in kills (268) • Posted a .299 attack percentage, the second highest mark on the team • Registered double-digit kills in nine matches in 2011 • 2011 Western Michigan Classic All-Tournament team selection • 2011 Tar Heel Classic All-Tournament team selection • Named to the 2011 All-ACC Academic Team.
At University of California, Berkeley
Appeared in 12 matches and played in 20 sets • Registered 17 kills to just three errors and collected 14 blocks in her sophomore season • Cranked five kills, a .833 hitting percentage, a serve ace and three block assists in a 3-0 win over Gardner-Webb (9/3/10) • Registered three block assists in a win over Oregon State (10/2/10) • Ranked second in hitting percentage (.378) and fifth in blocks (0.67 per set) for the National runner-up Golden Bears.
Entered her first match on 9/11/09, against Eastern Washington and appeared in 33 sets through 16 matches for the Bears • Recorded a career-high six kills in two matches: against Eastern Washington (9/11/09), and against San Jose State (9/12/09) • Earned career-high five total blocks against San Francisco (9/19/09) • Ranked third on the team in blocks (0.91 bps).
A four-year letterwinner at Wayzata High School • Senior honors include Volleyball Magazine Fab 50, PrepVolleyball.com Top Senior Ace, UnderArmour second team High School All-American and Pioneer Press All-State team • As a junior in 2007, selected to PrepVolleyball.com top 50 • As a sophomore in 2006, selected as a PrepVolleyball.com Sophomore 79 • Selected to the All-Classic Lake Conference team three times (2006-08) • Two-time selection to the Minnesota All-State team • Played for Minnesota Select Volleyball Club and participated in the 2009 Junior Olympics.
Majoring in public relations • Hobbies include going to the beach and hanging out with friends • Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are athletes she admires • Credits her parents as having had the greatest influence on her athletic career • Favorite food is pizza • Lists "The Notebook" as her favorite movie and "The Bachelorette" as her favorite TV show • Transferred to Carolina from Cal-Berkeley where she played for the 2010 National Runner-up Golden Bears • Tia Gaffen is the daughter of Mitch Gaffen and Cheryl Erickson born Oct. 20, 1991 in Wayzata, Minn. • Has one brother, Tracy (16) and two stepbrothers; Kevin Erickson (22) and Joey Erickson (19) • Has not declared a major.
Career Highs Kills: 17 vs Tulsa (9/16/11) Blocks: 8 vs. Miami (10/9/11)